Few players in world rugby hit as hard as Courtney Lawes, but while that is an ongoing trait of the second row’s game, he has also added plenty to his locker in recent seasons.
The local boy, raised within a stone's throw from Franklin's Gardens, has progressed to a level where he now indispensable not only to the Saints, but also England too having taken over the responsibility of running his country’s lineout.
A man who appears to be programmed to tackle, his life has been dedicated to improving as a rugby player after beginning his career with local club Northampton Old Scouts and Northampton School Boys.
While still in the Saints Senior Academy, Courtney burst into the first team with a man-of-the-match performance against Montpellier. The habit of performing against opposition from across the Channel was soon picked up and French international scrum-halves Julien Tomas (Montpellier) and Morgan Parra (Bourgoin) both felt the power of the long arm of the Lawes.
After starring for the Saints in the early part of the 2009/10 season, Courtney was drafted into England's squad for the Autumn Internationals, making his national debut against Australia at Twickenham.
Since then he has been an indisputable selection for all England coaches on the international stage and a first Rugby World Cup appearance came in 2011. In fact, only a number of untimely injuries have prevented the lock from collecting more than his current haul of caps.
Having cracked a century of appearances in the 2013/14 campaign, it is easy to forget that Courtney was still just 25 at the start of the current campaign.